Sotomayor Nomination A Benchmark For Latino Politics

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Sonia Sotomayor

The recent vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee in favor of Judge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court marks a turning point in Latino politics and will likely result in the first Latina appointed to the high court.

But the vote was not unanimous. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, a state heavily populated by Latinos, was one of six Republican committee members to vote against Sotomayor.

Veronica Varga Stidvent, of the Center for Politics and Governance at the University of Texas at Austin, and James Aldrete, a Democratic political consultant based in Texas, discuss Cornyn's vote and how a Sotomayor appointment could result in significant political power for Latinos in the U.S.



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